11/23/14 10:42am

For our Sunday Brunch notes, while you slept, showered, shaved, and got your Starbucks, we scanned the local papers, blogs, and websites to find the most interesting stories in them you might have missed.


11/23/14 10:16am

DASH Bus Service:

  • Thursday, November 27, 2014: Happy Thanksgiving!\
    • No DASH Service
    • DASH Administrative Offices will be closed.
  • Friday, November 28, 2014: Black Friday – Happy Shopping!
    • Regular DASH Service
    • DASH Administrative Offices will be closed.

King Street Trolley Service:

The King Street Trolley operates daily, every 15 minutes between the King Street Metrorail Station and the Potomac River waterfront:

  • Thursday, November 27, 2014: Happy Thanksgiving!
    • The King Street Trolley will operate on a regular Thursday service schedule from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. midnight
  • Friday, November 28, 2014: Black Friday – Happy Shopping!
    • The King Street Trolley will begin service at 6:00 a.m. and operate until 12:00 a.m. midnight.
11/23/14 9:52am

See – and taste – historic Alexandria in a whole new light this holiday season!

The Historic Alexandria Candlelight Tour, Alexandria’s premier historic holiday event, blends chocolate and history through special tastings, seasonal decorations, period music, and tours highlighting chocolate through time. Three of Old Town Alexandria’s finest historic sites will welcome guests on Saturday, December 13 and Sunday, December 14 as The Historic Division of Mars sponsors this historic chocolate event.

This year’s tour includes Carlyle House Historic Park (121 North Fairfax Street), Gadsby’s Tavern Museum (134 North Royal Street), and Lee-Fendall House (614 Oronoco Street). Tour times are Saturday, December 13, 6—9 p.m. and Sunday, December 14, 3—6 p.m.

The tour is self-guided and the sites may be visited in any order. A free shuttle is provided running in a continuous loop between the sites. Ticket prices are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $5 for children (ages 6-17). Tickets for this event can be purchased online at http://shop.alexandriava.gov.

Historic chocolate is woven throughout the experience. Carlyle House, illuminated by candlelight, highlights chocolate during the French and Indian War, including American Heritage Chocolate® samples produced by Mars Chocolate North America. An 18th century coffee house comes to life at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, enhanced by the scent of fresh greens and chocolate. See how chocolate goes from bean to beverage, “take” chocolate, and enjoy 18th-century music and dancing in the same room where George and Martha Washington danced. For the sights and tastes of a Victorian Christmas, the Lee-Fendall House will feature the latest 19th-century chocolate delicacy, fudge.

Old Town Alexandria is served by convenient public transportation, including the free King Street Trolley. Ample public parking is available at the Tavern Square and Market Square parking garages.

11/23/14 9:29am

Do you have a picture that depicts the Alexandria, Virginia area? Be sure to join our Flickr pool and submit your own photos! Here’s a photo from the Alexandria Courthouse. I LOVE the arched windows over the doors here which is a homage to the federal-style architecture you can find around Alexandria. For more on Alexandria’s architecture, click this link (PDF).

11/22/14 3:30pm

Meet your Alexandria, Virginia neighbors - Scott & Alix from Carlyle

Meet Your Alexandria Neighbors is a new series on Red Brick Town that will feature a profile of a local neighbor from one of the many neighborhoods in Alexandria, Virginia. Know someone we should reach out to? Would you be interested in being featured? Email us at this link.

We’re both originally from a small town in Western New York, Scott moved down in 2007 to work on a political campaign and has lived in various locations through Arlington and Alexandria, while Alix moved down just over a year ago. Though we have a lot of fun writing our lifestyle blog InADCMinute.com, it’s not what we do for a living. Alix is an English teacher and Scott runs the public affairs for a trade association.

Lives: We’ve lived in the Carlyle-area of Alexandria for the last 10 months. Prior to the move, Scott lived in various areas in Alexandria and Arlington, while Al lived in the Western portion of Alexandria. We love our current location and walk to King Street weekly.

Any unexpected surprises after you moved in?? We never realized how close we really were to everything. The Eisenhower MetroStation is a 5 minute walk and some of our favorite hangouts in Alexandria are just around the corner. Another pleasant surprise for us was all the dog owners in the area. We have two of our own, so knowing there was such a friendly environment for them is a huge plus.

First Impressions of Carlyle?? We love it! Everything really is walking distance from our front door. We can get to the metro, movie theater, and various restaurants/bars/coffee shops in 15 minutes. Carlyle is a growing area too, construction is ongoing and restaurants keep opening. But truly, the small town historic feel is what had us at hello.

Name your three favorite things about Alexandria… The people are far and away #1. We’ve met some great people through the blog and just stopping in different restaurants or shops (Altura Wine and Gourmet is a hidden gem). The restaurants, bars, and boutiques in Alexandria are some of the best in the entire area, and often don’t get the credit they deserve. Our final love is the abundance of rich history which includes everything from the Masonic Temple, the brick sidewalks, and the waterfront area (which is where Scott proposed to Alix last month!) On occasion you can see us running across the street reading all the history markers on the buildings and street corners.

Name 3 Things You Wish Alexandria Had: Does cheaper housing and less traffic count? In all seriousness, we think Alexandria has a lot of wonderful things to offer. If we had to pick a couple things, we’ve heard from other there is a desire to have a bar located on a rooftop. The city is full of great sites, it would be incredible to be able to see them all while having a drink with friends. We’re originally from the Buffalo area, so if we could get some of our favorite chicken wings down here we’d be grateful.

Favorite Neighborhood Hangouts in Alexandria: We have many. When it comes to brunch we’re loyal to the bar area at Union Street Public House. We enjoy locations like King Street Blues on a Saturday night, or Society Fair for a cocktail or glass of wine after a long weekday. Every date we have in Old Town involves either a walk on the waterfront or around City Hall. The Warehouse, Killer E.S.P., Columbia Firehouse, Virtue, The Light Horse, Pita House, Momo Sushi, Flat Iron, and Bugsy’s are favorites as well.